Updated: Jun 6
New Hampshire, The Granite State, offers benefits to 110,000 veterans.
Veteran Education Benefits
Members of the New Hampshire National Guard can apply for tuition waivers for attending any state college. To qualify for the tuition assistance, Hampshire service members must meet the following criteria:
● Enrollment in a vocational or technical school under the commissioner of regional community-technical colleges authority OR
● Enrollment in any state-supported university or public college.
● Be an active member of the New Hampshire National Guard and completed advanced individual training or who has been commissioned.
● In or out-of-state residence
Waivers are granted on a space-available basis and after other federal educational entitlements have been exhausted. ( Montgomery GI benefits and the National Guard scholarship grants are excluded from this qualification).
Free Tuition for Dependents
Under specific circumstances, children of service members may receive free tuition for colleges or vocational or technical schools. To qualify, applicants must be:
● Children of missing service members who served any time after February 28, 1961, and stationed in New Hampshire OR
● Children of service members who were killed during wartime OR
● Children of veterans who died from a service-related disability
Children of service members, who need financial assistance, may also qualify for scholarships of up to $2500 per year to cover the costs of room, board, books, and educational supplies. The scholarships are available for up to four years.
Veteran Employment Benefits
Employment Services Priority
New Hampshire Employment Services (NHES) gives veterans and their spouses priority in training, employment, and placement for the Department of Labor-funded state workforce programs. To qualify for this priority, veterans must meet the following qualifications:
● A minimum of 90 days in military service
● Released or discharge other than dishonorable
To qualify, spouses must be one of the following:
● Surviving spouse of a military service member who died because of a service-connected disability
● Spouse of a service member declared MIA or been captured or forcibly detained by a foreign government
● Spouses of a veteran who are totally, permanently disabled because of military service
NHES gives qualifying veterans priority in funding for training.
Some state agencies give preference to veterans when hiring:
● Employees of the State Liquor Commission
● Director for the State Office of Veterans Services
● Veterans Homes
● Both the Commandant and the employees of the New Hampshire
● State Office of Veterans Services
● Local and state public departments and public works, including un-remarried surviving spouses and spouses of disabled veterans
Towns and other subdivisions may offer re-employment preference to veterans who apply within 90 days of their service discharge.
Veteran Housing Benefits
Assisted Care Homes and Nursing Homes for Veterans
The New Hampshire State Veterans' Home in New Hampshire
The 250-bed facility reserves 100 beds for residents in need of memory care—nearly 400 healthcare professionals staff this intermediate to long-term care facility. The Veterans’ Home coordinating with local hospitals and the US Department of Veterans Affairs, also provides outpatient care and inpatient hospitalization.
To be eligible for a bed in the facility, veterans must meet the following criteria:
● Honorably discharged from any military branch, the New Hampshire Army or Air National Guards or reserves
● New Hampshire residency for one year before the date of application or New Hampshire listed as the applicant’s home of record on discharge paperwork.
● The facility must have the resources to treat any conditions or disabilities the veteran may have.
● The veteran cannot be a potential danger to him or herself or other residents.
● Financial assets must not exceed a cap (check for the current cap.) Assets are reviewed for one year before the date of application. In cases where a married applicant owns a home, that home remains the property of the spouse.
● Honorably discharged wartime veterans who are unable to support themselves can apply to the state for housing assistance. This assistance comes through local public welfare offices or a county commissioners’ office.
Veteran Financial Benefits
License Fee Waivers
Veterans with disabilities resulting from military service, or the un-remarried surviving spouse of a deceased veteran, may be exempt from peddler’s licensing fees.
Tax Credits for Veterans
New Hampshire provides a tax credit of $50 for veterans served during a qualifying war or armed conflict. Veterans must have served during periods:
● “World War I, between April 6, 1917, and November 11, 1918. The period is extended to April 1, 1920, for military service in Russia.
● World War II, between December 7, 1941, and December 31, 1946.
● Korean Conflict between June 25, 1950, and January 31, 1955.
● Vietnam Conflict between December 22, 1961, and May 7, 1975.
● Vietnam Conflict, between July 1, 1958, and December 22, 1961, only when a Vietnam service medal or an armed forces expeditionary medal was awarded.
● Persian Gulf War after August 2, 1990
● Any hostilities occurring after May 8, 1975, only if an armed forces expeditionary medal or theater of operations service medal was awarded
Recipients must also meet the following criteria:
● an honorable discharge (or spouse or surviving spouse)
● Veterans separated from service due to disability because of service (or his or her surviving spouse).
● The surviving spouse of any service member who died due to military service
Other tax credits offered by New Hampshire include the following:
● The surviving spouses of service members killed while on active duty may be eligible for a tax credit of between $700 and $2000.
● A veteran who became permanently and totally disabled because of service may qualify for a tax credit. The credit also applies to a surviving spouse who has not remarried. A town or city can increase the tax credit by a vote.
Property Tax Exemption for Totally Disabled Veterans
Veterans who are permanently and totally disabled, including the blind, double amputees, or paraplegic, may qualify for a property tax exemption. Veterans must meet o